Research Technical Specialist
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, ZA
8h ago
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PURPOSE STATEMENT OF POSITION : Identify, research, analyse, scale-up, optimise and support implementation of new intrinsic raw materials, product matrices (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), processing and production in order to support new product- and business opportunities.

Key performance areas would include, but not limited to :

  • In depth, technical understanding of raw materials and interactions thereof, production processes and final product matrices towards new innovation opportunities.
  • Identify, research and drive value engineering opportunities to support efficiencies and reduce cost.
  • Trial, research, scale-up and implementation of new methods, new product-, base-, production- and processing solutions to influence and support business innovation strategies.
  • Early risk assessment via scale up and mitigation actions and actions finalised and implemented.
  • Scout, research and support implementation of new technologies as part of Distell’s Intrinsic Technology Roadmap.
  • Continuously research alcoholic (wine, cider, spirit, creams) and non-alcoholic product categories to influence business by producing breakthrough intrinsic prototypes.
  • Develop and follow standard operating procedures. Adherence to company safety & risk guidelines and principles.
  • Preparation of research proposals, funding application and business case as well as presentation of content and results to senior management and relevant cross-functional, internal stakeholders.
  • Prepare and finalise Integrated Product Process Design charts for new and existing in view of technical research focus areas to proceed to implementation.
  • Support and attendance during commission and 1st production of new technologies / intrinsic processes / intrinsic matrix innovation.

  • Keeping up to date with new and relevant science and technical / technology developments.
  • Perform competitor product assessment to identify new opportunities, share intelligence in terms of business impact and mobilise relevant research related investigations.
  • Respond to Technical Research related queries and troubleshoot research problems as per timelines required.
  • Perform inventory management of Technical Research laboratory tools and supplies.
  • Skills transfer and training.
  • Participate on Technical Tasting Panel.
  • Minimum Qualification and Competencies

  • MSc Microbiology / Process Engineering / Chemical Engineering / Wine Biotechnology or related Technical Qualification
  • Minimum of 8-10 year’s working experience in related field (alcoholic beverage industry would be an advantage)
  • Good understanding of intrinsic production processes and FMCG value chain
  • Excellence in sensory acuity for technical, intrinsic assessments
  • Good understanding of Laboratory and Cellar practices (health & safety, 5S
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, high pressure environment (within a team and on individual level)
  • Adaptable, flexible and comfortable with change
  • Self-starter, self-motivated and determined to drive results and technical solutions
  • Ability to apply previous learnings and scientific principles to new situation and challenges
  • Drive own development to ensure specialist knowledge / skills remain world class
  • Logical and independent mind to drive independent decision making
  • Excellent planning and organising skills to drive actions and implement results
  • Creative, high levels of curiosity, passionate about novel and new thinking
  • Strong communicator (verbal and written) and good presentation skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Interpersonal skills to influence discussions, sell new ideas, make decisions and build positive working relationships with internal and external customers for business growth.
  • Excellent computer literacy (MS Office Suite, SAP, Project Planner / Management Tools, Laboratory Information Management System)
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible / overtime when necessary
  • Travel (National & International) as required
  • Valid Driver’s Licence (EB or B)
  • Have own, reliable transport
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